User: flenvcenter Topic: Education Arts and Culture-Independent
Category: Environmental Philosophy
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No-Kill Animal Sheltering Is Coming Soon to a Community Near You 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny. In a 2011 Associated Press/Petside poll , 70 percent of pet owners believed that shelters should be allowed to euthanize shelter animals "only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted." That, in a nutshell is the no-kill philosophy, and the sentiment and ethic that underlies it is driving the conversation at the level of municipal policy making across the country. The public understands that animals are individuals. Most people believe that the life of every pet has intrinsic value and that we have a special obligation to ensure the life and well being of those animals that we have brought into our homes and our communities as friends and companions. Killing homeless pets because they are an inconvenience is no longer acceptable. Thirty years ...
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Snail Turns Flower Into An Umbrella, And Proves He's The Thriftiest Mollusk Out There (PHOTO) 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nobody likes to get rained on. This includes humans, this tree frog and especially this snail, even though some snails come out of their shells when it rains. Vyacheslav Mischenko , a photographer from Ukraine, captured this stunning image in a forest near his home. This thrifty snail turned a flower into an umbrella, and sheltered there to protect himself from the rain. Snails aren't known for being the prettiest animals, but this photo definitely sheds light on how unique these creatures really are. Mischenko said that the image's colors and setting reminded him of Monet's 1886 painting "Woman With A Parasol" ...
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9 Ways Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Honor Student 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Easter's coming up -- have you bought your honey-baked ham yet? I hope not because I'd like to try to talk you out of it. Not just because it's bad for you (a recent Harvard University study found that eating processed meats such as ham, bacon, and sausage daily increases your mortality risk by 20 percent ) but also because it's bad for pigs (it increases their mortality risk by 100 percent). On today's factory farms, mother pigs spend most of their lives confined to cramped "gestation" crates that are so small, the animals can't even turn around or take a step in any direction. Piglets are castrated and have their tails chopped off and their teeth clipped without any painkillers whatsoever. All of this is done to animals whom scientists have determined are smarter than the family dog. Need proof that pigs are brainy? Here's just a sample of their amazing feats of mental prowess: Pigs can use tools. A study conducted by Professor Donald Broom at Cambridge University found that pigs used a mirror placed ...
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Enter the Sierra Club’s “Get Out” photo contest to win a trip to the Grand Canyon 7.4.2014 TreeHugger
The deadline is Earth Day!
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, South Dakota 3.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.

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Conservationists join animal rights groups to challenge Idaho ag gag law 28.3.2014 From the Blogs
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Petition, Advocates Help Spare 'Mickey,' Pit Bull Who Mauled 4-Year-Old Arizona Boy 27.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Petition, Advocates Help Spare 'Mickey,' Pit Bull Who Mauled 4-Year-Old Arizona Boy
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Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food 26.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food
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Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, one of the nation's most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their records on one of the country's greatest secrets: how the U.S. helped apartheid South Africa capture Nelson Mandela in 1962, leading to his 27 years in prison. The U.S. has never confirmed its involvement, but details have leaked out over the years. Shapiro already has a pending suit against the CIA over its role in Mandela's capture and to find out why it took until 2008 for the former South African president to be removed from the U.S. terrorist watch list. The NSA has already rejected one of Shapiro's requests for its information on Mandela, citing "national defense."
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Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, and Then Hide Sniper Plot Against Protest Leaders? 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Transparency activist Ryan Shapiro discusses a growing controversy over the FBI's monitoring of Occupy Houston in 2011. The case centers on what the FBI knew about an alleged assassination plot against Occupy leaders and why it failed to share this information. The plot was first revealed in a heavily redacted document obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund through a FOIA request. The document mentioned an individual "planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas." When Shapiro asked for more details, the FBI said it found 17 pages of pertinent records and gave him five of them, with some information redacted. Shapiro sued, alleging the FBI had improperly invoked FOIA exemptions. Last week, Federal District Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed with Shapiro, ruling the FBI had to explain why it withheld the records.
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Why Did the FBI Label Ryan Shapiro's Dissertation on Animal Rights a Threat to National Security? 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Over the past decade, Ryan Shapiro has become a leading freedom of information activist, unearthing tens of thousands of once-secret documents. His work focuses on how the government infiltrates and monitors political movements, in particular those for animal and environmental rights. Today, he has around 700 Freedom of Information Act requests before the FBI, seeking around 350,000 documents. That tenacity has led the Justice Department to call him the "most prolific" requester there is -- in one year, two requests per day. It has also led the FBI to claim his dissertation research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would "irreparably damage national security." Shapiro discusses his methodology in obtaining government documents through FOIA requests, and the details that have emerged therein about the crackdown on animal rights activists.
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As a Horsewoman, I Would Like to Welcome PETA to Our Industry 25.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a Horsewoman, I Would Like to Welcome PETA to Our Industry
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Animal Rights and the Erosion of the First Amendment: AETA, Ag-Gag and Why You Should Care 22.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(A) a commercial or academic enterprise that uses or sells animals or animal products for profit, food or fiber production, agriculture, education, research, or testing; (B) a zoo, aquarium, animal shelter, pet store, breeder, furrier, circus, or rodeo, or other lawful competitive animal event; or (C) any fair or similar event intended to advance agricultural arts and sciences. ...
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PETA Accuses Top Horse Trainer Of Animal Cruelty Following Undercover Investigation 21.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA Accuses Top Horse Trainer Of Animal Cruelty Following Undercover Investigation
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Racehorse Abuse Allegations Against Steve Asmussen Spark Investigations (DISTURBING VIDEO) 21.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Racehorse Abuse Allegations Against Steve Asmussen Spark Investigations (DISTURBING VIDEO)
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Coalition of Civil Liberties, Animal, Consumer Groups Head to Court Over Controversial Idaho 'Ag Gag' Law 18.3.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, a coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute, signed into law by Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter on February 28. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Idaho’s ag gag law (Idaho Code sec. 18-7042), and was filed in the U.S.

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How Animal Welfare Advances Veganism and Animal Rights 17.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"The skillful speaker gets, at the outset, a number of 'yes' responses. This sets the psychological process of the listeners moving in the affirmative direction. It is like the movement of a billiard ball, propel in one direction and it takes some force to deflect it; far more force to send it back in the opposite direction. ... Hence the more 'yeses' we can, at the outset, induce, the more likely we are to succeed in capturing the attention for our ultimate ...
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Animal Rights Activists Shift Tactics, Targeting Individual Scientists & Businesses 16.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animal rights activists have dramatically shifted their tactics over the last decade, targeting individual researchers and the businesses that support them, instead of going after their universities. That’s the biggest revelation to come out of a report released today by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. The purpose of the report— The Threat of Extremism to Medical Research: Best Practices to Mitigate Risk through Preparation and Communication —is to provide guidance to scientists and institutions around the world in dealing with animal rights extremists. That includes individuals and groups that damage laboratories, send threatening e-mails, and even desecrate the graves of researchers’ relatives. In 2004, for example, Animal Liberation Front activists broke into psychology laboratories at the University of Iowa, where they smashed equipment, spray-painted walls, and removed ...
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SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility 15.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility
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Taylor Radig, Animal Rights Activist Arrested After Exposing Cruelty, Speaks Out (VIDEO) 14.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Taylor Radig, Animal Rights Activist Arrested After Exposing Cruelty, Speaks Out (VIDEO)
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